Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis will be conducting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Prom 1 on Wednesday 13 April and Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 16 April, live at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Sir Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000. His contract with Lyric Opera was recently extended through the 2020-2021 season. In January 2013 Sir Andrew began his tenure as chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He is also conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (having previously served as principal conductor), conductor laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (his tenure as that ensemble’s chief conductor was the longest since that of its founder Sir Adrian Boult) and former music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

The English conductor began his 2014-2015 season at Lyric Opera for the company’s new production of Don Giovanni, as well as Strauss’s Capriccio. Following Lyric Opera’s 60th-Anniversary Diamond Gala, Sir Andrew headed to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a series of concerts, and then to the Metropolitan Opera to conduct Hansel und Gretel and a new production of The Merry Widow directed by Susan Stroman.

In 2015, Sir Andrew returned to Melbourne for the continuation of Sir Andrew’s exploration of all the Mahler symphonies with the MSO as well as performances of Britten’s War Requiem, and engagements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony (Verdi’s Requiem), and performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Three Choirs Festival.

In 2013-2014, SirAndrew led concerts with the symphonies of Melbourne, Toronto, Boston and Montreal, as well as the New York Philharmonic. With the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew led a series of Elgar oratorios: The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles and The Kingdom (opening night of the Proms).  Other Elgar performances included King Olaf with the Bergen Philharmonic.  He wrapped up the summer leading the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on a tour of Europe, which included performances at the Proms and the Concertgebouw.

In addition to the BBC Symphony Orchestra (with which Maestro Davis has appeared at the Proms and on tour to Hong Kong, Japan, the U.S., and Europe) and the ensembles previously mentioned, he has led performances of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, and every other internationally prominent orchestra. He has also triumphed not only at Lyric Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, but also at La Scala and the Bayreuth Festival.

Photo credit: Sir Andrew Davis, Dario Acosta Photography.

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